On Saturday night, at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, undefeated rising star Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis (23-0, 22 KO’s) knocked out former unified featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa in the twelfth round to claim the vacant secondary WBA 135-pound world title, in what many would call a one-sided beat-down.
Davis dropped Gamboa twice before knocking him out for the win in his first bout at 135 pounds. The 38-year-old veteran Gamboa continued to fight all the way to the final round after rupturing his right Achilles tendon in the second round.
“I believe my performance tonight was a C+,” Davis said in a post-fight press conference. “It was a great experience. I’m only 25 years old, I’m still learning, but 2020 will be a big year for me.” With Davis now holding the lightweight crown, fighters will surely push for a match with the undefeated Baltimore star.
Davis has expressed interest in fighting unified lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko in the past. If that fight takes place, it could potentially be one of the biggest boxing matches in modern day history. While that match may happen down the line, Davis will look to face junior lightweight world title holder Leo Santa Cruz sometime next year.
“I believe that I’m the top dog at 35  and 30 ,” Davis said at the press conference. “I believe I have the best team in the sport of boxing, and they’ll do their job outside the ring. I am just a fighter and there ain’t no safety on this Glock so I’m ready for them all.”